In the early history of the United States, many founding fathers and people before them helped shape the underpinning for our nation’s liberty. Of the founding fathers and persons who were essential in the naissance of the great nation known today as the United States of America, John Adams is undoubtedly one of the most vital of them all. John Adams by David McCullough did not only do Adams’ life story justice, it also painted the man and his works so vividly in every bit of glory he deserves. The period of the 1700s was one filled with fear of the nation’s former paternal country and also full of desire for independence. It was through Adams’ hard determination and defense in the country’s ability to stand on its own and fight for the rights and beliefs of its people that the nation was able to gain its place in the world, but most importantly, its independence and the right to exist.
Before one may call themselves a true patriot and citizen of their country, one must first be educated of the origins of the nation. Prior to reading John Adams by McCullough, I only knew that Adams was a founding father of our homeland and served as the second president of the U.S.A. After reading his biography I learned that Adams was so much more in regards to the making of our country. Through the biography, it was learned that John Adams was a great orator and political philosopher of his time. As Thomas Jefferson recalled, “[his] power of thought and expression…moved us from our seats.” If ever the nation’s integrity and value was in need of protecting, Adams was always the first one defend it and try to sway the perspective of his fellow delegates to his own views with such eloquence and persistence, he hardly e...
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...(163) I am in complete accord with McCullough’s interpretation of Adams’ life. Adams’ respectable qualities, virtues, as well as beliefs set an imperative cornerstone in the foundation of our country today. Without his ability to expressively negotiate with peoples such as he had to do at home in the courtroom, or in the courtroom of foreign European delegates, the nation we know today may have been a very different one.
The history and legacy of John Adams and the services he did for the United States of America is one that will live in on for all eternity. Without the counsel, guidance, wisdom and stubbornness of John Adams and his love as well as his firm belief in the prosperity of the unborn nation, the United States may have continued to suffer the long endured oppression of England.
McCullough, David. John Adams.New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2001.
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